Global Warming, Evolution, and Presidential Politics: The Long Shadow of Galileo

William Carroll at Public Discourse: On the basis of hasty scientific judgment, the Inquisition insisted that the Bible be interpreted in a way that confirmed this conclusion. The Inquisition did not subordinate science to the Bible; rather, it subordinated the interpretation of the Bible to a scientific view that eventually would be shown false . . . Views about science and religion, for example, which see them as fundamentally incompatible, appear to be almost self-evidently true so that anyone who challenges this truth is summarily dismissed. Such smug dismissal of what is seen as obviously false is reminiscent of the Inquisition’s insistence that Galileo affirm that the earth does not move. | Related: ADF-allied attorney rebukes Colorado professor, a high priest of Darwin, with Galileo primer